Sensor elements etched into silicon measure angles of vehicles, cranes or railway cars. Circuits with thousands of logic functions integrated into a single chip control machine tools or complete production processes. Household washing machines are controlled by microcontrollers. Microsystems and microelectronics today form part of virtually all sectors of industry and everyday life, and have become an integral part of the products of most manufacturers. However, many companies are faced with numerous technical, manpower and hence financial obstacles between the concept and the finished product.